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September 21, 2010

EIBTM WorldWide Technology Watch entries hit all-time high

EIBTM’s WorldWide Technology Watch 2010 has received a record number of submissions, with 50 entries from 49 companies – all of which have developed new technology solutions for the meetings, events, incentive travel, conference and exhibition industries. This year’s figures eclipse the previous highs in 2007 and 2009, which saw over 40 entries. Encouragingly for 2010 70% of companies have entered for the first time.

The types of products entered include mobile technology and virtual reality solutions to support meetings, with 74% of product entries coming from outside Europe, mainly USA and Canada.

The highest ever number of non-exhibitors entered the competition this year reaching a total of 84%. This has also meant that there has been a huge increase in interest from new prospects and entrants to exhibit at the EIBTM Technology Village – the interest being so overwhelming that the Technology Village is now sold out.

The EIBTM WorldWide Technology Watch judging will take place on 6 October 2010 and be presided over by a high profile panel of judges from the industry. Each entry will be assessed on three criteria: innovation and uniqueness; potential impact on the industry; and completeness of the product or service.

Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball Associates, who is chairman of the judging panel, said: “With a record number of entries this year, the range of innovative products for this year’s Worldwide Technology Watch looks excellent. I am confident to speak for the judging committee to say that we are very much looking forward to reviewing the applications and making the best selection to win this prestigious award.”

The other judges include Martin Sirk, chief executive, ICCA; Bruce MacMillan, president/chief executive, Meeting Professionals International; Paul Hussey, business development manager, BSI Meetings and Events; Ruud Janssen, managing director, TNOC; Samuel J Smith, managing director of Interactive Meeting Technology, LLC; and Lynn Wong, co-founder and director of Grupo eventoplus.

For further information, please visit www.eibtm.com/wwtw.

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